CHARLESTON, W.Va. – At least 14 people have died from devastating floods in West Virginia, the state's governor told a news conference Friday. Earl Ray Tomblin described the damage in the state as widespread and devastating, noting that search and rescue missions were still a top priority. Earlier Friday, Greenbrier County Sheriff Jan Cahill described "complete chaos" in his county, which appeared to be the hardest hit. "Roads destroyed, bridges out, homes burned down, washed off foundations," he told the Associated Press. Pavement just peeled off like a banana.
Other gristmills that remain operational include Babcock State Park's oft-photographed Glade Creek Mill, which is actually an amalgamation of parts from three former mills; Howell's Grist Mill in Wetzel County and Reeds Mill on Second Creek in Monroe County, both of which now run on electrical power; Blaker's Mill, built in 1796 in Greenbrier County and relocated to Jackson's Mill in Lewis County in 1993; and the Morgantown area's Easton Roller Mill, built in 1870, closed in 1930 and then renovated and reopened for tours several years ago.